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Good Old Bunny Chow

Bunny chow, often referred to simply as a bunny, is a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled with curry.

It originated among the Indian South Africans of Durban. The exact origins of the Bunny Chow can be debated but one thing that is certain is the fact that Durban has contributed one major delicious dish to world cuisine. Bunny Chow is not commonly known by Indian communities outside of South Africa.

There may also be a debate as to what you can put in your bunny. Literally whatever floats your boat. You can make your bunny chow with lamb, mutton, chicken, vegetable, beans or even beef. In Johannesburg, you’ll even find a bunny with egg and polony.

We’d say you could eat it with a knife and fork but that would be wrong.

Heres a few recipes you might like to try.

Chicken Bunny Chow


This recipe was adapted from a seafood bunny chow by ©Rachelle Lucas. A quick 15 minutes prep and you’ll be ready to serve in under an hour.

Brisket Bunny Chow


This is a UK Tesco recipe so you are guaranteed to get your ingredients in one shop. Some South Africans turn their nose up to a beef bunny but we think this recipe works and is super easy to prepare.

Chickpea Vegetarian Bunny Chow


A slight twist on this recipe as instead of using a loaf a bread, the chef has opted for mini ciabatta rolls. Great veggie dish! There are other fabulous veggie recipes on this site too.

Watch Megha Joshi make a vegetarian Bunny Chow.

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